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Scion xA

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  • Hello All, I love the idea of purchasing an xA but realize that they are not making them for 2007. Is this going to mean the resale price of these four to five years down the line is going to be bad for the seller? What about parts: will Toyota continue making parts for the xA years to come? Should we be paying significantly less for a new xA considering they're being discontinued?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,411
    They seem to have a strong resale value. I just saw a 2006 for sale at the Toyota dealer, with 17,000 miles on it, for $14,888 and a 2004 for almost $12,000. This dealer pushes out a lot of cars so they must know they can get somewhat close to those asking prices.

    The xA shares a lot of parts with the Yaris. Probably the only parts that might be harder to find as the years progress (you may have to order them) would be large body panels.

    Old models of Toyota generally don't depreciate abnormally, only when the entire make of car is discontinued would you see that (e.g., Oldsmobile).

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  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    Well we got 42mpg going 90mph... It wasn't windy, it was hot, humid and the topography is flat for the 1st 250miles. GOTTA LOVE FLORIDA!!

    -Cj
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    It isn't necessarily discontinued. Google 2006 Toyota Ist and Ractis. Its just being redesigned like the xB or toyota bB. Its cool looking and i hope that this/models replace the xB/Xa gracefully if it is the correct model. Just like back in 2002 and 2003 when waiting on the old model to come!!

    -Cj
  • the wheel bearings are bad on the rear at 49,000 miles
    new ones are about $400.00 for the part alone. any one had this problem????
    :cry: sign: broke
  • Check out the Chicago Auto Show, or The Car Connection to see the xD, due in 2008.

    16" wheels, side air bags, 128 horsepower, gauges in front of steering wheel, NO SIDE REAR WINDOWS which makes visibility even worse. Looks like a cross between the xB and a VW
  • Yes they are also in the scion website www.scion.com/nextgen/

    and i personally think that they look the same.. i like my xA better..
  • kimberlyxakimberlyxa Posts: 2
    Yes I had the same problem, and then the drive shaft had to be replaced.
    :cry:
  • kimberlyxakimberlyxa Posts: 2
    :cry: So far I have had to have the bearing in the front of both sides, then the drive shaft was "notched" and had to be replaced. Next the entire transmission failed. Right after I hit 62,000. my toyota dealership cut me a deal since it was RIGHT AFTER the warrenty was up. So it now has a new transmission.
    Yesterday the front axel broke off??? the AXEL!!! I mean what kind of car throws an axel?? I am fed up. :lemon:
  • I purchased a 2006 Scion XA at the end of February 2006. By Labor Day of that year, the first front wheel bearing went bad and had to be replaced under warranty. Five front wheel bearings later I have 133,000 miles on the car.

    One other beef: poor fuel economy. I've had the dealer check the engine a few times, always nothing wrong, but my highway economy is around 33 MPG and in city traffic, in the 25 MPG range. I've never seen 40.

    Oh, it also eats tires. I've had a couple of separated belt situations on the rear tires.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,411
    I used to own that very car, same year. You'll NEVER see 40 unless you drive 40 mph all day long. I used to chat with other xA owners and the consensus was about 34 mpg average city/hwy. I also found that the minute you go over 65 mph, your gas mileage will start to drop noticeably, and over 75 mph, rather drastically.

    Never had problems with wheel bearings, and the tires? Well, it's an inexpensive car so I imagine the OEM tires they put on it were not the best. Mine lasted 40000 and were really worn out.

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    edited April 2010
    what are ya drivin' these days? I used to have a heavy crush on a white 2006 Scion xA 5-speed, foglights, MP3 hookup, etc., for only $14,234. It was for sale in a Idaho Falls, ID, Scion dealer. Took it for a spin with my son and liked it's driving response. Shifter worked well.

    The only reason I didn't trade our 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4 in that day for the 2006 Polar White xA was the fact that my wife didn't know that I wanted to do that, nor did she come along for the test drive. :)

    Now, when I did find one on the net I had to have, our 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in Rally Red, automatic CVT tranny, foglights, Rockford Fosgate 650-watt 6-CD changer with 10" subwoofer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, wrapround bodykit and spoiler, Lancer insignia'd floormats, etc., etc., etc., I just started towards the door(March 21, 2007) and mumbled out(just like Jim Carrey in 'Dumb and Dumber' when he told Harry Dunne that he sold his pet bird 'Petey' to a blind kid!!)"I'm going to buy a Mitsubishi."

    I thought for sure my wife was gonna have a thrombo! Ya know what she retorted?

    "I'm comin' with!"

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    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in Rally Red CVT

    And, as they say, the rest is history. It's been a great rig!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,411
    I sold the xA to some friends, who are still liking it, and eventually got a Mini Cooper S, which is like a Scion xA but with two doors and about double the horsepower. :P

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    nice choice!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • chumsaechumsae Posts: 61
    Our son drives this automatic xA w/120K miles. We bought it used earlier this year and we all really enjoy this car. Our one issue is that the suspension is "thumpy" and seems like it is calling for new shocks. We don't know if this thumpiness is characteristic of the xA or could be fixed. The car tracks beautifully even at high speeds, even though it has cheap tires (but with good tread).

    We are looking for opinions on a) the need to worry about this, b) if we should worry then brand and model suggestions to at least start with regarding quality front and rear shocks and struts, and c) anything else we should consider. The rims are 15" stock factory pressed steel with original hubcaps.

    Thank you for whatever you can say. :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,411
    Well if the are the factory originals there is no *doubt* that it needs new shocks. Way overdue.

    Keep in mind that this was an entry-level car, and while very good indeed for the money, still the original components were built to a price.

    I would think something like KYB shocks would be fine for this rig. Be sure that the shock mounts are also addressed.

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    A reporter is interested in speaking with a current or former Scion owner who may have lost interest in the brand. Did Scion get too conventional/mainstream? Does it need to return to its edgier roots? If you care to share your comments, please email your daytime contact info to pr@edmunds.com no later than noon on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

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